There Will Be Blood Movie Relations to Environmental Law and Policy

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“There Will Be Blood” Environmental Issues and Connections “There Will Be Blood” by Paul Thomas Anderson starring Daniel Day Lewis reproduces the early 1900s oil boom in southern California. Daniel Day Lewis plays a man named Daniel Plainview, the very serious boss of a drilling company. After adopting a son early on in the movie for purely business reasons he leads us on the path of innovation and growth within a new industry. His depictions of oil drilling in the turn of the 20th century present endless environmental law issues. These issues have resulted in the regulation of an industry, countless strains on the environment and the contributing factors to many of the United States administrations and their regulation. Without the need of oil to power automobiles and many other gas-powered mechanisms, some of these laws and regulations might not be necessary today.
Early on in the film Daniel Plainview is approached by Paul Sunday, the son of a man owning a ranch in the fictional town of Little Boston, California. Paul explains to Daniel there is oil present on his families land there, however we never see Paul again in the film. Daniel goes to the Sunday Ranch pretending to hunt for quail when really assessing the situation. Plainview finds oil and seems to think there is a lot of it so he quickly buys up everyone’s land around the Sunday Ranch. Little Boston a very religious community is not very wealthy and is a very small, almost a non-existent town. Because of the oil however the effects to the town will be beneficial in many ways to the whole community. Plainview explains to the community in a meeting the effect his oil wells will have on the town that we see constantly through the film. The oil drilling means water wells, water wells mean irrigation which leafs to excess wheat crops. The…...

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